The Los Angeles Rams made their new stadium “official” last week with a ground breaking ceremony, which brought out the top brass of their football franchise and the City of Inglewood.
On hand was NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Rams owner Stan Kroenke and COO Kevin Demoff, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and the entire city council.
“The stadium bowl groundbreaking ceremony is another historic event in the evolution and renaissance of Inglewood,” Mayor Butts said.
The new L.A. Rams Stadium, at $2.6 billion, will be the most expensively built in sports history, It tops the New York Giants’ and Jets’ MetLife stadium by more than $1 billion.
Kroenke said, "Our goal is to build the most unique and fan-friendly stadium in the world. We’re going to give you something to be proud of, that’s our goal.”
The Rams future home stadium is part of an entertainment and commercial center spanning roughly 300 acres, which will include a 6,000-seat arena, nearly 1.5 million square feet of retail and office space, 2,500 residential units and a hotel, along with 25 acres of parks and open space. It will be located on the former Hollywood Racetrack site at Century and Prairie boulevards.
"We are confident this is going to be the place to be in 2019 and beyond,” Goodell said. He added: “We spent so much time in this market, knowing how great the fans were, how successful a franchise would be, but we had to get it right. And this is getting it right.”
Kroenke reiterated that the stadium will be finished in time for the 2019 season. "We're going to get all this done a little less than three years from today," he said.
When finished, the stadium is projected to have an estimated capacity of about 80,000, with 275 luxury suites, more than 16,000 premium seats and nearly 3 million square feet of usable space.
More than 3,500 jobs are expected to be created in Inglewood during the construction phase, and more than 10,000 jobs by the time it is completed.
Meanwhile, the defeat of a measure this month that would have funded a new Chargers stadium in San Diego has revived discussion of that team relocating to play in the forthcoming Inglewood stadium.